South Africa April 27

Freedom Day

Today, our country celebrates Freedom Day to mark the liberation of our country and its people from a long period of colonialism and white minority domination – which means that we no longer have the situation in which political power is enjoyed and exercised by a minority of our population, to the exclusion of the majority. Freedom Day is not an African National Congress day, but a day for all South Africans. When South Africa was liberated both the oppressor and oppressed were liberated. We pledge “Never again would a minority government impose itself on the majority”. South Africans are “One people with one destiny”. It is therefore imperative for South Africans of diverse political and economic backgrounds to work towards a common objective. On Freedom Day we celebrate the relentless efforts of those who fought for liberation, of the many men and women who took up arms and courted imprisonment, bannings and torture on behalf of the oppressed masses. However “Are we really free when our people remain poor, when there is mass unemployment, unwarranted violence and crime”? Freedom should mean emancipation from poverty, unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination- but poverty continues to exist, with black people, women, children, the disabled and the elderly. “We need to continue to work to eradicate poverty, racial inequalities and socio-economic disparities,” Freedom Day means something very valuable, the necessary condition for us to achieve the vital and fundamental objective of a better life for all.

Bobotie

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Bobotie

Serves 4

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 gloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon tamrind
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine or cider vinegar
  • 1 cup cubed day old bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of diced dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup sultans
  • 1/4 cup toasted almond sliced
  • 1 cup milk and 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Heat oven to 375. In a large pan add oil and heat saute onions until soft , add beef cook for 5 minutes then add garlic, tumeric, curry, cumin, and allspice saute for 2 minutes. When done add tamarind and vinegar give a good stir. In a bowl add bread and milk soak for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes whisk egg and add to milk and bread. Mix meat and bread mixture together and add apricots, sultans and almonds stir, put mixture in a oven proof pan set aside. Mix together remaining milk,lemon zest, eggs, salt and pepper pour over meat and bread mixture bake for 30 minutes. Cool and serve.

Try With:

Rooibos Tea or African Pinotage              Gesondheid!